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February Lecture: ‘Mesolithic catastrophe: the impact of the Storegga Slide tsunami on the Mesolithic population of Britain’

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Joint with the Prehistoric Society.

This will be a hybrid event hosted by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland which will take place both in Augustine United Church and online. Immediately after the lecture there will be a drinks reception.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Lecture will be presented by Dr Clive Waddington FSA MCIfA FSAScot

Around 6,175 cal BC Britain was irrevocably impacted upon by what is probably the largest marine megaslide tsunami so far recovered on the planet. This event, combined with the climatic cold period or ‘neoglacial’ within which it occurred known as the ‘8.2 kyr event’, had significant effects on both the landscape, seascape as well as the human population of much of Britain. This paper will explore these events and their impact on the Mesolithic population with specific reference to several sites, including Howick and Low Hauxley, as case studies. 

Lecturer Details

Clive is a well-known archaeologist with a long career as both an academic, consultant and founder of Archaeological research Services Ltd. His specialist interests include the Mesolithic and Neolithic, landscape archaeology, technique development, lithics, coastal archaeology and prehistoric rock art. He has worked for commercial archaeological units, English Heritage, as both an Adult Education and University lecturer at the University of Newcastle and has appeared regularly on television and radio. 

February 2024 Lecture Registration



House Rules

The Society has a zero-tolerance policy on harassment and bullying.

All attendees are requested to act with respect to one another during this hybrid event.

Anyone making comments which we believe to be inappropriate (e.g. offensive or abusive) will be removed from the event immediately. Equivalent procedures (e.g. with regard to spam) will apply online.



The main entrance to the church is up four steps with a handrail.

Step free access is available via a door to the right of the building – please ring the bell for attention. Please note there is a tight turn in this passageway.

A standard accessible toilet is available on the ground floor and lower level (accessible via lift).

The venue (AUC sanctuary) has a hearing loop included.

Assistance dogs are allowed inside the venue.

If attending via Zoom, captions are included.

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Cover image: Archaeologists recording human and animal footprints in a late Mesolithic intertidal land surface under active erosion by the sea. © Clive Waddington



February 8
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL United Kingdom

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